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Lovers’ Quarrel Chronicled via Facebook: “I want a divorce…I’m citing irreconcilable differences”

There’s very little discretion in the type of personal discourse that people post on Facebook these days.  What would have at one time been considered personal information is now casually proclaimed as a “status update.”  We, the users of Facebook, have become so accustomed to this that it takes a rare level of imprudence to stop us in our tracks.

And the following, “friends,” is a rare level of imprudence.

When Angie publicly announced on Facebook that she wanted a divorce,  her husband’s response of, “You can’t do any better than me so save yourself a lifetime of loneliness” was the beginning of a drama unfolding in a series of  back-and-forth “comments” that would make any Hollywood divorce seem like an amicable break-up by comparison.

I don’t think that Snooki or anyone from the cast of Jersey Shore or any other similar reality television show could top such mud-slinging.  Filled with outright accusations, insinuations, and insults, the lovers’ R-rated posts chronicle a marriage that includes infidelity, unemployment, financial woes, poor hygiene, and sexual fetishes and disappointments.

Some of Angie’s comments include:

  • “Maybe you need to learn how to satisfy a woman, you poor excuse for an impotent bastard!”
  • “I’ve had more excitement during my pelvic exam.”
  • “You know what’s truly torturous?  Listening to your disgusting hyena-like noises and feeling your clumsy, awkward groping when you’re trying to ‘get some.’ ”

Some of Jamal’s comments include:

  •  “By the way, your beard is returning.  May want to get it shaped up.”
  • “And I didn’t make it far with your janky crotch.  You need to get a job so that you can pay to get that mess disinfected.”
  • “Only thing ashy around here are your rusty nipples.  Looking like half eaten candy corn.”

This ping-ponged, rapid-fire, for almost 60 comments in the space of less than two hours. After hours of (uncomfortable, one assumes) silence, a “friend” put a demure cap on things, posting, “the love between you two is so sweet…I can feel it all the way in NC.” And so things ended.

But when it comes to the world of social media – and just about anything on the web, for that matter – nothing is ever truly forgotten (highly recommended book on the matter).  Facebook posts can be removed, and accounts can be deleted, but the discourses will forever (that’s right, forever) be stored on Facebook servers.  Not to mention the emails, tweets, Google+ posts, etc. that will invariably follow.  And of course anytime these two are Googled – by a potential employer, for instance– the following exchange could be what comes up.

See for yourself (check out the Page of Shame) – and consider how your use of social media reflects on you.